II Corinthians 10:5

The Awesome Gift

We have now received the gift of a new day.  Each day consists of 86,400 seconds, and it is our choice of what to do with this time.  These students in this picture have decided that the best way to invest their life (time) this day is to challenge their minds and become better servants for the Lord.

This new day, God’s gift to us, is ours to invest or squander away.  How we utilize this day is our choice.  But since we do not know what to do, as believers, we are instructed in the Bible to:

  1. Commit all to the Lord:  Proverbs 16:3
  2. Pray for wisdom: James 1:53
  3. Surrender all to the Lord:  Romans 12:1-2
  4. Be determined to obey the Lord in all things:  I Corinthians 10:31
  5. Be careful to make right choices: Proverbs 27:12
  6. Be thankful in the Lord: I Thessalonians 5:18
  7. Fear God and keep His commandments: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

 How we use these next few hours will bring joy, blessing, happiness, and productivity or sadness, regret, waste, and sorrow.  As one wise Bible teacher has instructed, “don’t waste your life,” and life comes to us one day at a time.  Let’s rejoice in the Lord, commit to do His will at all times, and be a light in a dark world this day.

Impacting and Influencing Others

Each day we have many opportunities to interact with others to encourage, lift, and help. 

However, we must be cautious about our thoughts and the words that we speak, or in other words, our attitude. Proverbs 4:23 reminds us that the heart must be guarded constantly.  It is guarding the heart and bringing out all thoughts into obedience to Christ that is then reflected in our attitude.  Attitude is our heart and mind on display for all to see.  To have an attitude that influences others in a way that is pleasing to our Lord, we must be careful about our thoughts and words.

In Philippians 4:8, the Apostle Paul instructs us to think on the right things.  It is when we are thinking on right, good, and godly things that our words, conduct, and behavior are pleasing to the Lord and our impact on others is beneficial.

On our life journey today we will have many opportunities to influence others.  The interactions with others will be helpful, encouraging, and pleasing to our Lord or unpleasant, distracting, and unpleasant.  It all centers on what is in our heart/inner person and the words that we speak.  Reduced down to one word, attitude makes the difference. 

“That which holds our attention determines our actions…and the way we think determines our attitudes. The good news is that you and I can change that.  You can control your thoughts, and because of that, you can control your attitude.” John Maxwell

What’s on Your Mind?

It is hard to imagine what is on the mind of these needy and abandoned children living at the Banjara Tribal Ministries facilities in Hyderabad, India.  

We are reminded in Scripture that the thoughts we allow to stay in our mind set the pace and tone of our life.  For some, their daily function is to think on things that are bad, hurting, difficult and troublesome which leads them down the path of discouragement, depression, sorrow, and more trouble.  

In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus teaches that we are to focus on His will and way rather than harboring thoughts of want and need.  In this life, we will have problems, but to allow these things to control our mind leads to regret and bondage. (Proverbs 23:7).  Rather we are to:

1.       Trust God: Proverbs 3:5-6
2.       Commit all to Him: Proverbs 16:3
3.       Thank God for everything: I Thessalonians 5:18
4.       Pray for strength, wisdom, and empowerment: Isaiah 40:31
5.       Focus on the goodness of God: Psalm 103:1-18
6.       Rejoice in the Lord: Philippians 4:4
7.       Share to help those in need: Isaiah 58:8-14

Be alert for “thoughts” that are contrary to the way, work, and will of God for life follows the path of the thoughts in the mind.